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Italian at the University of Notre Dame is extremely strong with established expertise in nearly every aspect of Italian literature and culture, including medieval literature (in particular Dante, Petrarch, Dante’s reception, thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Florentine culture); Renaissance studies; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture; twentieth- and twenty-first century literature and culture; religion and literature; cartography and literature; and Italian cinema. The faculty, all of whom have significant international standing, are generally considered among the best in the country. Individual attention, small classes, and a dynamic faculty prepare graduate students for a promising future in research and university teaching.

Notre Dame has exceptional world-leading resources for graduate study in Italian. It also has an internationally recognized Italian Studies at Notre Dame program that sponsors a broad range of research activities. 

Please note that if you apply electronically either to the MA in Italian Studies or to the Ph.D. in Italian, there is no application fee to pay this year. To process the waiver please contact Ms Linda Rule ( / 574 631 6887). The application deadline for fall admissions is January 8.

If you have questions about the department, the Italian section, our graduate programs, the University of Notre Dame in general, or about the city of South Bend, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Italian: Professor Zyg Barański (

Graduate Programs in Italian

There are three tracks through which students may pursue graduate degrees in Italian at Notre Dame:

MA in Italian Studies

A two-year program whose primary focus is to train students intending to continue to a  Ph.D. in the general area of Italian Studies. 

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Ph.D. in Italian

A five-year program offering a flexible curriculum tailored to each student’s interests and background that leads to a new dissertation-oriented course of study designed to achieve both a high degree of specialization and a broad understanding of Italian literature and culture.

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Italian Graduate Handbook

Graduate handbook 2020/21